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Report of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 25th–29th, 2014☆ Andrew J.A. Holland ⁎ Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Douglas Cohen Department of Paediatric Surgery, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Article history: Received 30 August 2014 Accepted 6 September 2014 Available online xxxx

a b s t r a c t This is the report of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, held at the Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 25th–29th, 2014. Crown Copyright © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.

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The 47th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons was held from May 25th to 29th, 2014 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The venue was the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, located in Banff and part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. The meeting was hosted by Dr Robin Eccles from the Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, supported by a local organising committee. There were well over 400 delegates, with large contingents from Canada, Japan and the United States of America. There were also representatives from 19 other countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, Fiji, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan. The opening ceremony was held at the hotel in the Riverview Lounge, overlooking the Bow Valley River and attended by a Canadian Mounty in red serge uniform and a very excited husky puppy. The conference tour involved a spectacular coach journey through Banff and Jasper National Parks to the Columbia icefield area and the Athabasca glacier. To access the glacier delegates were transported in the unique 6-wheel drive Terra Bus, with heated seats and extra-large, low pressure tyres. Delegates also visited Lake Louise, which was still frozen even in late May. On the way there were several sightings of local wildlife, including Grizzly bears, Black bears, Elk, Bald eagles, Bighorned sheep and Mountain goats. The scientific committee, chaired by Dr. Mark Holterman, selected 58 full length, 83 short oral, 24 PAPS Prize oral presentations and 122 static posters. The prize winners this year were Dr. Justin Wagner for a presentation on “Skin-derived precursors generate enteric-type

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neurons in aganglionic jejunum” (Basic Science) and Dr. Layla Shbat for “Benefits of an abridged antibiotic protocol for the treatment of gangrenous appendicitis” (Clinical), with an honorable mention for Dr Shannon Acker who presented a clinical paper on “Tunnelled central venous catheters should not be placed in neutropenic children”. The Guest Assistant Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Cynthia Reyes, selected Dr Marcus Suntay from the Philippines as the 2014 M. James Warden Guest Assistance Program participant. Marcus gave a heartfelt presentation on the challenges in providing pediatric surgical services to the children of the Philippines, many of whom had been injured or had family members affected by Typhoon Haiyan last year. This year's meeting was unusual in having two invited presentations with a historical theme. Dr Takeshi Miyano, from Juntendo University, Japan, gave an entertaining and authoritative presentation on the “History of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS): the second 15 years (1984–1998).” Dr Cynthia Reyes also gave an insightful presentation on 25 years of the Guest Assistance Program, highlighting the history of the program and the benefits that flow, to participants, their patients and the association as a whole. Dr. Reyes also bestowed a 25th anniversary commemorative award to Dr. Warden's wife, Mrs Jane Warden, and their daughter, Mary Warden Keene. The Gans Memorial Lecture was given by Mr Kevin Van Tighem, recently retired Superintendent of Banff National Park, on Banff's wilderness icons: grizzly bears and wolves. Kevin gave an entertaining presentation of the problems of humans having to cohabit with predators and how competition for both space and food may lead to conflict. It was perhaps surprising that there were estimated to be only 25 to 70 wolves in the Banff National Park, in part due to farmers concerns over loss of livestock and their unprotected status. In contrast, grizzly bears remain protected and are estimated to have a current population of over 700 in Alberta alone. Kevin eloquently described one of his own close encounters, fortunately peaceful, with a grizzly bear and her cubs.

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Please cite this article as: Holland AJA, Report of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 25th–29th, 2014, J Pediatr Surg (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.09.037

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The publications committee consisted of Drs. Arturo Aranda, Dave Bliss, Mary Brindle, Ralph Cohen, Osamu Kimura, Masayuki Kubota, Tsao Kuo-Jen, Tatsuo Kuroda, Chinsu Liu, Kouji Masumoto, Don Moores, David Partrick, Michael Rollins, Eric Scaife, Roman Sydorak, Eric Webber, Kenneth Wong (Vice Chair) and Andrew Holland (Chair). At the annual banquet, Professor John Hutson handed over the association presidency to Professor Hiro Kitagawa and his wife Etsuko. The Coe Medal was awarded to Professor Marshall Schwartz, a previous PAPS President and surgeon-in-chief at St. Christopher's Hospital

for Children, Philadelphia, USA, for his seminal work on growth factors in intestinal failure in children. The banquet concluded with the Songfest, hosted by Dr. John ‘Slapshot’ Pitkin, introducing representatives from 22 countries. Next year's meeting will be on Jeju Island, Korea, 17th to 21st May 2015 and convened by Dr. Seong-Cheol Lee of Seoul National University Children's Hospital. Future meetings include Oahu, Hawaii, 24th to 28th April 2016, Seattle, Washington State, USA, 28th May to 1st June 2017 and Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 2018.

Please cite this article as: Holland AJA, Report of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 25th–29th, 2014, J Pediatr Surg (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.09.037

Report of the 47th annual meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 25th-29th, 2014.

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